The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 67. Inland Sea Harbors (July 22)

This was a night mining mission involving 26 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

Other missions flown in this period were * * * to the Jap ports of Fushiki, Nanao and Niigata.  * * *

[Pirate's Log, p. 49]


20th AF Mission 282

Date: 23/24 July 1945
Target: Shimonoseki Straits, Rashin, Fusan-Masan
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number A/C Airborne: 29
% A/C Bombing Primary: 79.31% (23 Primary and 3 Alternate)
Type of Mines and Settings: 1,000 and 2,000 lb. mines with various settings.
Tons of Mines Dropped: 156 on Primary and 21 on Alternate
Time Over Primary: 240137K - 240257K
Altitude of Attack: 7,600 - 8,300
Weather Over Target: 3/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost: 1
Resume of Mission: All mines dropped were believed to be effective. Some A/C staged at Iwo Jima. Three A/C were non- effective. Meager and inaccurate flak reported in Shimonoseki Straits area. Three E/A sighted did not attack. Eleven crew members picked up approximately 15 miles from Saipan. A/C lost due to lack of fuel and mechanical malfunction. One RCM A/C and 1 Super-Dumbo not included in above totals. Eleven B-29s landed at Iwo Jima. Average mine load: 13,332 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 609 gallons.